Sarcasm (Contempt Through Humor) – Rhoads Life Coaching

How much do you use sarcasm? How frequently and with what intensity? Do you take pride in being sarcastic?

Sarcasm is defined as “the use of irony to mock or convey contempt“. We love it. It is so pervasive in how we communicate with each other it is difficult to stop it once it becomes a habit. The dilemma becomes that barb of contempt still carries a negative charge when it is wrapped in humor. If sarcasm is about contempt, then we are delivering disgust and anger under the guise of a joke.¬†We use it so much in our culture it becomes difficult to know when we are being serious with each other.

It feels good to be sarcastic. It diffuses the tension. It releases energy. It points out a problem that needs to be addressed. Unfortunately, sarcasm doesn’t offer a solution. If someone can’t tell if you are being sarcastic (or worse if you are being serious), it becomes an obstacle that is preventing a solution instead of creating one.

So again, how often are you sarcastic each day? Who are you the most sarcastic towards? If you are pointing that contempt towards your clients, coworkers, staff, friends, or family you are bringing negativity to a conflict without a solution. Take some time this week and observe your sarcasm. Reducing it even by 10% each day will have an impact on how you address the world and how it responds to you. –

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